On the latest edition of Billieve: a Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast, host John Boccacino is joined by co-host Anthony Marino to break down what happened during the Buffalo Bills’ 21-17 setback to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13.
The Bills (4-8) were essentially eliminated from playoff consideration, despite dominating the Dolphins (6-6) in yards of offense. Special teams miscues and a ton of penalties basically ruined what had otherwise been an outstanding game from Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen.
Give our podcast a listen to catch up on what went right and what went wrong from the first of two rivalry games between the Bills and Dolphins.
Among the topics covered on the podcast: the continuing development of Allen, who accounted for 366 yards of total offense (231 passing yards and a franchise-record 135 rushing yards) with two passing touchdowns (and two interceptions, although one came on a desperation Hail Mary at the end of the second quarter).
Allen impressed both in the passing game (how about those two TD tosses to Zay Jones?) and on the ground, as Allen climbed into 10th place on the team’s all-time rushing list for quarterbacks with 389 rushing yards in just his eighth career game.
Our podcasters also analyzed Buffalo’s last offensive play, when Charles Clay couldn’t quite haul in a game-winning TD catch. How much fault/criticism should fall on Clay for failing to catch Allen’s desperation heave after Allen scrambled for his life to keep the play alive?
We also talked about the not-so-special play from Danny Crossman’s special teams unit, which endured a nightmare performance in South Beach.
The usually reliable Stephen Hauschka missed an extra point (he’s now 44 of 45 on PAT’s with the Bills) and a 55-yard field goal. The other miscues on special teams included a Matt Darr punt that appeared to be blocked, a muffed punt by Isaiah McKenzie that set up the Dolphins with great field position en route to their second touchdown, and more.
Penalties again were a major issue, as Buffalo had 13 accepted penalties for a costly 120 yards. With 100 accepted penalties, Buffalo trails only the high-octane Kansas City Chiefs (108) in accepted penalties. The difference between the Bills and the Chiefs? Kansas City’s offense is more than capable of overcoming those penalties. The Bills are not.
Check out our latest Billieve: a Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast to hear our podcasters’ thoughts on the loss, which snapped the Bills modest two-game winning streak.
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